Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole, or a few words on each track in part. Are you happy with the final release?
Very soon, we will release, in partnership with the ukrainian label Dead Center Prods, the second printing of our first record Down In Hell. We recorded it on november 2012, but the release was on february 2014. That’s because we are very perfectionists in everything and we tryed to have the best from a low budget product. We closed ourselves inside our friend Umberto Furlan home studio (Inlay rec studio) and we started to built something that is continuing to make us proud of it. The Cd has 7 tracks of old school Heavy Speed Metal, with an old style sound, but not minimal. Everyone put inside on it, his personal style matured on many years on other bands experiences. So we have a pleasing sucession between aggressives riffs, classic old style HM riffs and the melodic ones, typical of NWOBHM. It’s an easy listening CD for every kind of metal followers.
How would you describe the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might heard before?
Of course not. Our mission is to promote old school music and we’re not the only ones of course. That’s because we like metal on it’s purest essence, without digital effects. Sometimes there are bands who uses new techniques for recording sessions and when they perform on stage dont have the same impact than their album. And that disappoints people. We found on live shows our natural dimension and people feels that, maybe our music is not original, but in our opinion, the word dejà vu has not a negative meaning.
Where was recorded and how much time did it take you to recorded it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
We recorded Down in Hell on November 2012 on a countryside home studio near Padua (Italy). The sound engineer is a friend of us Umberto, the guitarist of an ex thrash HC band (Minkions), very able with sounds working. So the two importants things was: first of all friendship on the air that relaxed us from our performance, second was closing us at home with an huge quantity of beer so we had the opportunity to interchange working moments and entertainment moments. We recorded on a full immersion week, but the release it hasn’t been so easy. The master cd was ready on december, but we had not enough money to print it at the moment and the booklet making was not easy than the recording session. We release Down in Hell the 14th February 2014. Next time everything will be faster of course. We learned by experience and we joined a staff of friends who makes everything we are not absolutely able to do, like printing layout and graphics.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the art and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The artwork and Warhawk logo was made by Chianti, our singer, and the printing layout was made by Irene, a friend of us, playing guitars on italian extreme underground bands Psychotomy and Mano Armata Grind Congrega. The title, as you know is Down In Hell, and represents the beginning of a long travel on ourselves. We do that because there are many topics on our lyrics: songs talking about: history (as Flying Tigers, Warriors of the Seas and Running from Vengeance) present (Bloody Brawl and Rising From The Dump) and inward-looking (The Dark Road and The World I Have Enough). In few words Down In Hell speaks about time and his effect on human behaviour.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band’s aims at the moment?
If people put our CD on their car and they are stopped by police because they go too fast, for us is good. The important thing is to reach people and start a connection with them. As said before we have our dimension on stage and so we aim to play more than possible, visiting places and knowing people all around Italy and Europe. But we’re are continuing creating new songs, maybe more fast and blazing than Down In Hell album.
Is there a special format the material the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple format? How many copy were pressed?
The Down In Hell first release was printed in 250 copies and it goes sold out in few months, right now we’re releasing the second print of 500 copies in partnership with Dead Center Productions. Twice the printings are on cd format with 8 pages booklet with lyrics. Right now we don’t have merchandising but we will working on it. Fortunately our working target still music.
Where and how will you promote this new release? Where can we order it from?
The best way we promote the cd is with a big live activity and sometimes we will put some videos of it on Youtube and socials for people who lives far from us. We have a soundcloud account, where people can listen a Down In Hell album preview. You can buy our record on www.deadcenter666.com